Health Benefits of drinking Tea

I am a huge tea lover. I really learned to appreciate tea and tea culture while living in Asia. Drinking tea is such a nice way to relax while you read a book or spend time with your friends. Especially on cold winter season we drink it more often, but do you really know much about tea?. Did you know that there are actually only 4 varieties of tea? Green, Black, White and Oolong. All kind of infusions and “herbal” teas are not technically tea. The real tea actually have more health benefits than you can imagine and I will introduce you some of them.

*Tea is hydrating to the body

*Drinking tea helps to fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity, which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective — and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.

*Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.

*Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

*Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.

*Regular tea drinking might also counteract some of the negative effects of smoking and might even lessen the risk of lung cancer.

*Tea might provide protection from ultraviolet rays. We know it’s important to limit exposure to UV rays, and we all know what it’s like to feel the burn. The good news is that green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.

*Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

*The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.

*Tea has less caffeine than coffee.

*Tea protects your bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors.

*Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea.

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